Georgian House
belonging to the
Molesworth-St. Aubyn Family

50 acres of formal and
woodland gardens.

The perfect peaceful place for
everyone, including the dog!
1997 voted "Best Historic Houses Association Property in the United Kingdom".
1998 voted "Gold Award for the Best Property in the United Kingdom"
"Best Property for Families in the United Kingdom"
"Most Enthusiastic and Informative Staff in the United Kingdom"
"Best Property in the South West Region"
1999 voted "Best Property in the South West Region"
The house contains a superb collection of pictures, furniture, porcelain and some antique dolls.

Sir Arthur Sullivan stayed here in 1882 and composed the music for Iolanthe.

The gardens are internationally known and run to fifty acres in total.

They contain over seven hundred different varities of rhododendrons, as well as camellias, blue hydrangeas and specimen conifers.

We especially welcome families. Both dogs and children enjoy free admission to the gardens, and dogs are allowed off their leads away from the house.

Pushchair and disabled access exists on the lower floor of the house.

These three pages show six of the rooms in Pencarrow House, which has fifty rooms in total.

Please follow the link at the bottom to move to the next page.

This photograph illustrates the Music Room.

Outstanding features here are the rocco ceiling, depicting the four seasons, and the fine mouldings of birds, fruit and flowers which decorate the maple-grained panelling.

The suite in the Drawing Room is covered with Chinese silk captured from a Spanish treasure ship in 1762.
The Pink Bedroom contains a particularly fine George IV four-poster bed.

Of the numerous family portraits in the bedroom, one of particular interest is the self-portrait of Catherine St. Aubyn, a talented pupil of the Cornish artist John Opie.

The family portraits in the Dining Room were painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A.
The figure above the mantlepiece is Sir John Molesworth: co-founder in 1771 of the banking house Sir John Molesworth & Company - the forerunner of our modern-day Lloyds Bank.
In the Inner Hall are two outstanding paintings by Samuel Scott of London Bridge and the Tower of London respectively, signed and dated 1775.

A picture of King Charles I, seated at his trial, hangs on the upper staircase wall: the artist, Edward Bower, is said to have attended the trial making sketches of the King.

The Boudoir was the personal sitting room of the lady of the house, and looks south over the Italian Garden.
The Gardens at Pencarrow were designed and laid out by the radical politician, Sir William Molesworth, between 1831 and 1855.
Before his death, Sir William was able to say that he had planted a specimen of every conifer, except ten, known to man and considered sufficiently hardy to stand a chance of surviving the British climate.
Lt. Col. Sir Arscott Molesworth-St. Aubyn extensively restored and replanted the gardens, which had become derelict during and after the Second World War.

Sir Arscott planted out more than 160 different species of specimen conifers, more than 700 different Rhododendron hybrids, and more than 60 different Camellias.

All of these are to be seen in the gardens today.

The beautifully proportioned sunken Italian Garden is a prime feature immediately to the south of the house.

The great rockery adjacent was built using large blocks of granite carried from Bodmin Moor.

The famous mile long Carriage Drive, lined with numerous specimen conifers, Rhododendrons and Camellias, was first laid out and planted in 1842.
Pencarrow contains numerous outstanding specimen trees and shrubs.

Many of the broadleaf trees and flowering shrubs that can be seen here are too tender to be grown in any part of Britain save the far West.

In the courtyard at the rear of the house are three seventeenth-century cottages, one of which has been converted into Tea Rooms.
Surrounded by Peacocks and other birds, you will find one of our cream teas to be a most enjoyable end to your day at Pencarrow.
Four miles north-west of Bodmin, signed off the A389 and B3266 at Washaway.
For further details:
The Administrator - Pencarrow Bodmin - Cornwall PL30 3AG
Tel: (01208) 841369 - Fax: (01208) 841722 -

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